Blog: On Wanting America to Win

On Wanting America to Win
On Wanting America to Win
Date: 2018-May-13 20:25:00 EST

Dissecting a bit of discourse here, I think the argument of "don't you want America to win" deserves some analysis, particularly when used under Trump. There must be room to believe that first, we might not be all that attached to any particular nation so much as notions of the way things should be, and second, a mixed form of this where we believe that in the long run, America (and western civilization) is best off with good institutional forms and norms, and that it's not worth going for short-term advantage (one particularly bad leader with autocratic leanings and his ideas) if it means giving up on the things that make our nation work well (lack of centralisation of power, non-pettiness, being expertise-driven). The public interest is not a ring through our nose that we'll walk towards with shortsighted eyes; it is a long and slow path with room for long-term thinking.